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M. Mehdi Moradi

PhD Student, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

As a teenager, I was educated at School of Fine Arts in Tehran. As soon as I realized that the dream of working at Walt Disney animation studios cannot go beyond a teenage hallucination, I shifted my focus from the beauty of 'art' to the charm of 'language'. I earned my bachelors in English Lang & Lit in Iran, and MA in Linguistics (with distinction) from Newcastle University in the UK. My serious interest in linguistic philosophy has evolved out of long library nights at Newcastle. Winning UoN's Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) has let me pursue some philosophical thoughts that no one actually believes, but everyone is naturally following.

Expertise Summary

- Linguistic philosophy (Chomsky and generative enterprise)

- Philosophy of mind (especially Pinker and Fodor)

- Linguistic relativity/determinism

- Semantics

Teaching Summary

V71LAR: Appearance and Reality (Seminar Leader)

Research Summary

Beyond being faithful to post-1950s rationalist tradition in linguistics, I primarily focus on a specific (probably still non-existent) aspect of Chomskyan philosophy of language named 'extended… read more

Current Research

Beyond being faithful to post-1950s rationalist tradition in linguistics, I primarily focus on a specific (probably still non-existent) aspect of Chomskyan philosophy of language named 'extended universalist context', whose landmark embodies a radical theory of linguistic mind. In search of the motivations and consequences of such a context, I have soberly broken out of the prisonhouse of spoken languages (such as English, whatever). My aim is to define and defend THE 'one', purely mental, beautiful, silent, universal language that should be immune from God's will to confuse it (see Genesis, 11: 1-9). My ultimate philosophy is a 'no' to sociocultural disparity, and a 'yes' to natural unity among our species. I firmly believe that doing philosophy, at its best, is an aesthetic pledge.

Department of Philosophy

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